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and. it's stumbles taksim square as punch with government demonstrators for the third day in a row made fears of the rest could turn with every new vigor to the police moving. this after to arrest those days with tear gas water cannons and pepper spray used to quell the public fury which reportedly left two people dead and some strong reverberations all across town. also barbed wire and then on the o'brian to get blood. clot police surround the european central bank in frankfurt laying into crowds of protesters were pulled from this scene where many thousands demanded an end to austerity. and also a prominent sunni cleric calls for a time islamic jihad against president assad branding him an infidel was them jews
and christians that just days up to see when rebels were reportedly called smuggling sarin gas a chemical weapon so horrific it's been banned by the. law so that be i suspect shot multiple times during an interrogation also she's claiming it was self-defense while according to latest reports it's unclear whether he was even all. the latest news on the week's top stories you're watching the weekly here on our c with me you know thanks for joining us. crimes of antigovernment protesters poor into istanbul's taksim square sparking fears of unrest and the following two days
of fierce street battles at least two people have reportedly been killed and more than a thousand injured after riot police moved in to dispose of the running with tear gas water cannons and electric shock buttons initially a peaceful city snowballed into a nationwide protest involving almost fifty turkish cities going to is a stumble for. my hotel faces the square and i woke up around two thirty am because of the extreme noise and the smell of something burning coming in from the street and it was really a sight to behold in the middle of the darkest night you saw those red flashes of fires burning in the middle of the square now the protesters have been burning a lot of things around the square starting from kiosks and vendors booths and ending mostly with vehicles now among those vehicles were police the police trucks that i have personally seen but also they seem to have been targeting. these
satellite. trucks the media companies a lot of people are incredibly distrustful of the media especially of the state controlled media to go back a little bit the police did withdraw from texas and square in the early afternoon on saturday and that is legit hands of thousands of people started pouring into the square despite the fact that it was essentially permeated with tear gas and pepper spray and there's still puddles of water everywhere from water cannons being used. to the square and one point it did seem like i was not in istanbul but rather in egypt you have to understand that a protest began because the government plans to get rid of a park in the middle of the city it was a peaceful sit in until the police started to break it up using tear gas and essentially excessive force and that is when people have. gathered over there in multitudes and they weren't at that point protesting not the plans to demolish the park but rather they were saying they wanted to save the country from aragon and
his policies most of the people that i've spoken to said there are three things that they're unhappy about it's early guns policies and toward syria it's the increasing islamisation of the country and basically a crackdown on old freedoms particularly in areas concerning media and journalists turkey remains the number one country when it comes to the number of journalists jailed when it comes to international reaction we should mention a report by amnesty international which offers happens to be really close to ducks and square and they have said and i'm quoting that this was disgraceful use of excessive force demonstrated by police in istanbul having said that the police did seem to be targeting individual protesters there have there are some reports that some people may have lost their sight because of the tear gas being fired at close range there's also reports of police targeting individual shops and stores and cafes which were trying to help out the protesters on the square and the police were seen to be throwing the tear gas canisters inside but there were also reports
that a medical very medical association has tried to set up sort of camps within a so they could help those who were injured in the protests but they couldn't do so because of the tear gas permeating the streets i could smell the tear gas coming into my hotel two kilometers away the streets were blocked off i had to walk around in that area it was really difficult to breathe in fact the first thing that a lot of tourists were handed out when they came to istanbul were a little maoists to cover their faces and really i saw a lot of people with their i did seem like their eyes were burning and they were suffering from the effects of tear gas so we can talk about the excessive use of force and still waiting for any reaction from calls by amnesty international to stop the police brutality. and. come on independent journalist also the middle east actually turns me on live. come on thank you very much indeed for sharing your sunday with us and from your point of view well this protest survive this we can't after this we can't. seem to go to say right now with my senses that
it probably will i think what we're looking at is an eruption of turkish society in reaction to the anti social policies of this government this is a war mongering government and continue going to use a government that is essentially destabilizing the entire region. when you have a government like the. party led a government that is harboring terrorists in its own cities and then trying to cover off the brutal acts of terrorism like what we saw recently in. the search massive censorship of the media the use of excessive force against peaceful demonstrators i think. this protest is certainly a reaction to all of that and we will probably see a lot more of this in the weeks ahead remember that turkey is a powder keg of potential problems you have that ethnic conflict which is also
being stoked by the still going to example to leave the minority in the country have been request for many years that has actually stepped up since the arrival of this government in two thousand and three so you've got a lot of factors here i think that this is unprecedented violence by the state and i think we will see a lot of problems ahead in the next months is it isn't relevant to come pat taksim and. well i suppose many protesters may. want to compare the taxing protest to to here there was a genuine element of popular uprising in egypt and it was at least initially. a peaceful uprising but i think there's just an essential difference here the the protests in tunisia and egypt were given the help from the national endowment for democracy they were given help from the international public institute freedom
house congress and regime change organizations they have admitted guys themselves and we have state department documents even to prove that now the rand corporation for example were boasting about their democratization or what they call democratization in. egypt i think this is much more important of rising here and facts and i think this is could this could develop into a very very general rising. i don't think that there is any regime change agenda agenda here of my xperia xpert of powers like you has example in egypt so in that sense i don't think it's fair to compare it to to egypt when you compare it only in the sense that it's genuinely peaceful right but i don't think that the it fits into it and they told because the. geopolitical strategy like we had example had me. thank you i'm sorry to interrupt you but the time is not. come
on and dependent on the live stock thank you very much. on our web site. now and a story see. demonstration in the german financial capital of frankfurt this week took a turn for the worse when hundreds of riot gear clad officers tore into marching protesters spraying tear gas police then drove the marchers into a tighter and tighter area a suppression tactic known as catholic peace all of our step for. a planned march that was supposed to go right through the middle of all germany's financial capital only really lasted five hundred meters before police into the splitting the demonstration into several different parts now the police have told us that this is because they asked people to remove must who were marching in the green put on see . the flashes campaign is they refused to do that then paint was thrown police
responded with with pepper spray this then ended up with a always long standoff in the center all ranks first with many people being caught up in the clashes that broke out sporadically between the police and protesters. we were standing there suddenly police moved in they beat some of us and i was a street there was no reason for that i managed to get out. come down work oh this is your policy not hours away from me paying throwing in the pepper spraying the
idea behind glock if i was supposed to show the political leaders of europe that they're not happy that they want change and they said that they had a clear message to those leaders in the european union this year's book because drunkards have been came alongside the release of unemployment figures for the eurozone countries and they made a pretty desperate reading almost twenty million people are out of work in the eurozone most of them young we're hearing that opel almost one in four under twenty five's don't have a job and that's what resulted in many people coming out here on on the streets of transfer to demonstrate. sounds assemble to support whistleblower bradley manning ahead of his d.-day the soldier finally faces trial after three years waiting in harsh confinement after leaking top secret documents showing l.a. she has a trust is coming to a broad these house coming up and the minute. details
have emerged this week of the killing of a church in the u.s. senate i want by and ever be i h. and abraham to dash it was shot dead during questioning over his alleged link to one of the boston marathon bombing suspects and there have been reports suggesting the he was unarmed at the time that contradicts the f.b.i. is earlier claims that had touched agents with a knife or metal world to dr spada says it's hard to believe he was killed in self-defense. from the photographs that were sent to me it's evident he was shot six times to the body and wants to the head the back of the head it looks like a finishing shot of an assassination to me it looks as if they came to his house like bandits and shot him in cold blood from the photos his house looked like it had been robbed he was questioned for eight hours without witnesses or a lawyer no one can tell for sure what happened there until there's an official investigation the agents say my son attacked them but there were several armed and
well trained men even if he lost his temper and became violent they could have restrained him or wound him shoot him in the leg or the arm or the shoulder but what happened was murder complete with a finishing shot maybe my son knew something the police didn't want to come out and they killed him to keep him silent. and that's the great of journalists and veteran police officer mike roper believes the dash of the killing leaves a lot open to interpretation. my views on the street said nine hundred seventy six in los angeles where. olympic medalist juan carlos got combative with a bunch of police officers not not one of those guns and we were getting thrown around like rag dolls and we were all trained and we were all very very fit at the time so there's a there's an escalation of force scale which was obviously or apparently not followed in this case but this was at best for the f.b.i.
. horribly mishandled but it sounds to me very much like they went there with the intent to provoke him and stay just shooting standard police procedure everywhere in the world was not followed. bert's and draws that tensional be glad to get him boiled in a scandal for knowing and be the last in sports that's what operating a gun tunnel is times present in afghanistan moan about the play. he said all it seems you cheap china rocketing to a billion views from the wills era to funny because us has two events that continue to change our lives join me kevin owen for more on how you've helped make the first global news channel to reach you choose been.
told about language at all but i will only react to situations i have read the reports and like to push the know i will leave them to stapling a comment on your latter point to say. mr k.l.a. car is all you're talking no. thank you no more weasel or. when you need a direct question be prepared for a change when you run you should be ready for a little freedom of speech and a little down to freedom to question. welcome back upon islamic jihad has been called against syria with a prominent islamic cleric branding the assad government quote more infidel than jews and christians the call to arms was made by shaikh use of. his rhetoric
reaches millions in the arab world through the al-jazeera news network which has made the shake a stone meanwhile syrian rebel groups have refused to attend an upcoming peace conference in geneva they signed ongoing fighting in this one province. government and lebanese hezbollah troops have mounted an enormous offensive one that analysts say could change the course of the civil war and i know my colleague research i discovered the past week with and of who's been closely following events in their own country. the leaders of the syrian opposition had in fact announced they will not be participating in the u.s. and russian sponsored peace talks they are saying that has the laws involvement in the bloody civil war really complicates things a little the group itself is highly divided there's questions as to whether they have the syrian opposition have credibility with the syrians on the ground meanwhile president bashar al assad in an interview this week said only a referendum would decide whether he should leave power further complicating things
is the decision by the european union which agreed not to renew a weapons in bargo in syria the u.k. and france really led this push to dismantle the bargo which prevailed despite opposition from other european union member states those two countries are saying that this would somehow help to ratchet up pressure against president bashar al assad some of western powers lucio accusing russia at this point of hampering peace efforts with the whole argument about russia supplying assad with weapons how does moscow justify this so it's a complex issue russia's plan to ship as three hundred anti-aircraft systems to syria caused a stir this week after president bashar al assad in an interview said that russia will be honoring its defense contracts further complicating things with the israeli elements the israelis have said that they are. are strongly opposed to this that they are prepared to use force if those weapons are delivered but we have to keep in mind that these are contracts were signed roughly a year before the syrian civil war broke out in twenty eleven russians are not prepared to console the contracts although the deputy foreign minister has said
that this is seen as a stabilizing factor that will deter quote what he called some hotheads from considering to send in foreign forces to intervene in the syrian conflict i do agree that russian made s. three hundred i myself batteries are supposed to be for defensive purposes not offensive but what about the issue of the use of chemical weapons it came up again this week can you tell us more about it's a bit murky but according to local turkish media reports the turkish government has rounded up about twelve people with suspected ties to the island those are fronts this is one of the rebel groups that's affiliated with al qaida that's been fighting bashar al assad on the ground and at least according to one it media reports they have discovered what they said two kilograms of sarin gas a powerful new york talks and now these are not confirmed reports but they do come amid growing concern of the use of chemical weapons by both sides and the united nations human rights investigators have in fact and obtained testimony from on the ground witnesses who allege that the rebels had to used sarin gas now again unsubstantiated testimony but we should it did prompt
a response from the russian foreign minister sergei lavrov. we've warned repeatedly of provocations connected with chemical weapons we've also insisted on investigations into any case related to their possible use including the incident reportedly took place near aleppo we're very disappointed that because of political games the u.n. has failed to act on this we expect our turkish colleagues to quickly provide a full report on this latest case this issue ation is too serious for those who constantly talk about the chemical weapons problem to keep playing games around it each and every incident needs to be investigated so there you have a the russian foreign minister sergei lavrov calling for an investigation into what obviously is. murky but serious issue of concern. you weapons could start reaching syria by august after the european union lifted an arms embargo against the waterhole state spearheading the initial where britain and france despite opposition from other states who were wary of those very weapons could be turned
against europeans this kind of takes a look at this you were in opposition and those who might be armed on his behalf. since britain and france blocked attempts to extend the e.u. embargo on supplying on's to the syrian rebels there have been growing fears that the weapons could end up in the wrong hands and this is why the syrian opposition is made up of many divided and often competing factions and clearly there is no force that can represent it as a whole there is the syrian national council the national coalition for syrian revolutionary and opposition forces the supreme military council the free syrian army the international coordination committee the. brigade and many more like to point out that only the n.c.c. says it's open to dialogue with the authorities while all the others have officially proclaimed their goal is to topple the regime the only difference being how extreme their approaches are and here is where these two rebel groups stand out
. is officially recognized as a terror organization by the u.s. it's also known for its links to al qaeda and for being among the most highly trained rebel forces currently on the ground in syria and the fire brigade perhaps just as notorious after one of its leading commanders was shown eating the body parts of a dead syrian soldier on video but despite warnings raised by international human rights groups including the international and human rights watch the rebels have been receiving weapons for some time now according to western media reports the rebels have received one hundred sixty planeloads of arms shipments from jordan saudi arabia quarter via turkey and then with a cargo smuggled across the border here with syria but no matter which rebel group or the arms may be destined for it's also why we recognize that they usually end up in the hands of the best trained and most radical brigades. thousands of people
gathered in the american city of baltimore in support of bradley manning on the evil one of the most decisive days of his life the soldier faces dozens of charges after leaking top secret files including footage of a u.s. helicopter attack on civilians during the country's iraqi campaign the long anticipated military trial is expected to begin on monday andrew blake was at the rally. work for me in maryland in baltimore on monday the court martial against by the first class bradley manning will finally begin private manning twenty five year old army intelligence officer is accused of the biggest leak in the history of the united states according to army prosecutors manning is responsible for the lion's share of material that's been shared by the anti-secrecy wiki leaks in the last two years u.s. state department cables watanabe detainee assessment files iraqi and afghan war logs have all been attributed to private manning and for leaking this material the u.s. government is charging him with aiding the enemy and he could spend the rest of his life in prison on monday however the court room here and for meeting with
supporters and prosecutors attorneys on both sides waiting for the court martial of finally against the three years after manning was first brought into custody and it was late may twenty time with manning was picked up in baghdad transferred to kuwait brought back to united states and spent three years of waiting and waiting for this court martial the finally begin the sense december two thousand and eleven they've been having pretrial hearings here at fort meade and there's been really them all over the world in support of the soldier according to demonstrators this is the largest bradley manning really that has ever happened in the three plus years sense these men what if the u.s. military custody people from all over the country gathered here today to really in support of the soldier but there's also demonstrations planned in more than two dozen cities and for compton and some across the world in the next coming days and seoul south korea berlin germany toronto ontario cities throughout the united states and across north america and the rest of the globe are all holding events this week in support of private manning now his court martial will eventually begin
on monday more than three years more than one thousand days after it was first brought into custody and by the end of the summer his supporters his family his friends are all finally going to know how he's going to spend the rest of his life . this week saw britain embroiled in a round about its own gun tunnel bay prison clone it was revealed that up to ninety afghan nationals are being detained in secret and without charge after the u.k.'s combat stan base. found out some have been held there for more than a. e.-k. lawyers described this is a secret facility that was completely off the radar leading some to describe this as the u.k.'s kuantan a murder in afghanistan but it was a firm and speedy response that we saw from the other city and from defense secretary philip haven't got the details emerge of the detention facility income and of the legal action launched by u.k. lawyers on behalf of some of the detainees there were some pretty damning revelations with these detainees being held for fourteen months
now the ministry of defense and the defense secretary admitted that between eighty and ninety detainees being held they were very quick thing to try to move away and quash these comparisons with one kind of. two main differences here number one that the afghan detainees they said were being held. in safety and not the second reason that they gave was that this wasn't a secret this is the first time that many in the british public will have heard about this detention facility and the u.k. ambassador. after these revelations saying that this was a principle of national serenity and that the detainees should be handed over to the afghan security forces as soon as possible the question of how to handle detainees has been the most enduring controversy since the u.s.
led military campaigns in afghanistan and iraq and certainly until these transfers that made this controversy and these compare parazynski guantanamo bay don't look like they're going to go away. r.c. london. in the next hour report on the open letter signed by a group of going tobe a hunger strikers demanding independent medical help from different doctors as one of detainees fathers described the time to health. station of his son. vigilantes take matters into their own hands on the streets of egypt work on most occasions become a war and become inflamed but please look away that's coming up next hour. that's next on the political ruffles the feathers of the world's political per play as that's in a few minutes. distraction
is one thing the media does very well we all tend to focus on one spicy issue of the moment and ignore the rest geale those are definitely worth the media attention but let's not ignore the fact that the food people eat around the world is an attack from multiple fronts antibiotics are often overused in cattle which can and eventually said they will lead to anti biotics resistant bacteria evolving animals are also injected with various hormones which can make their way into our stomachs and speaking of mysterious things getting into our body pretty much any crops that you we are doused with all sorts of pesticides and sit on top of powerful fertilizers which can affect bodies of water far beyond the fence of the farm obviously technology has been and should be used in farming so we all don't starve i get why pesticides exist and why they start giving diseased animals antibiotics but there comes a point where out putting a lot of poisonous food will kill you just as dead to slowly starving will there is
a healthy middle ground out there somewhere but if we only worry about just the g m o's and only win that battle then we'll still be eating food loaded with bad stuff just other bad stuff but that's just my opinion. repeat the search with. google google to cue. you. to come . they've been used as both a carrot and a stick a reason to bring some countries into the european fold and to keep others out
human rights of thought to be universally have their application is highly specific to the country's political social and economic circumstances is it time to redefine what is meant by human rights and should all countries be held to the same standards while to discuss that joined by thorburn gaggle and secretary general of the council of europe mr you're going to be appreciated your being here and now i think what is manned usually manned by for human rights and western political discourse are political rights rights having to do with political activity freedom of speech freedom of expression freedom to protest and i think some countries in particular russia and china argued that the ability to brand their citizens full political rights is conditioned on. the economy on dire economic prosperity and i think for some time they sort of argument was brushed off.